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Credit Union of Texas Gives $20K Scholarship to Dallas ISD Principal
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 6:50 AM

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Credit Union of Texas Scholarship Students Congratulating Nancy Bernardino

Credit Union of Texas has awarded Nancy Bernardino, a Dallas ISD principal at the Solar Preparatory School for Girls, the credit union's $20,000 William H. Cotton scholarship. The scholarship honors William H. Cotton, a Dallas ISD and Credit Union of Texas trailblazer, and is open to all Dallas ISD employees who wish to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree or certification.

Described by her colleagues as a true leader and life-long learner, Bernardino is no stranger to excellence. With humble beginnings as an educator, she’s already created a formidable legacy in her 10 years at Dallas ISD. From conception to reality, Bernardino created the state’s first kindergarten to eighth grade all-girls school focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). As a “diversity by design” campus, the school is open to any girl that lives within the district.

Currently attending her second semester at Southern Methodist University, Bernardino is pursuing a doctoral degree in PK-12 educational leadership.

The William H. Cotton award's namesake is a retired associate superintendent for Dallas Independent School District and a board officer for Credit Union of Texas. Mr. C, as he is affectionately known, began his career at Dallas ISD in 1957 as a teacher at Colonial Elementary. Since then, he’s served the district in many capacities and garnered countless awards.

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Credit Union of Texas Staff with Scholarship Winner Nancy Bernardino

The award was created to empower young girls with knowledge, leadership, and confidence. Bernardino hopes her students will, “bring positive change to our complex world,” just as she has done for the past 10 years at Dallas ISD.

For more information, please visit Credit Union of Texas blog or cutx.org.